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No. 14 Iowa uses offensive balance to run past Minnesota

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The No. 14 Iowa Hawkeyes are very deep and very dangerous and they showed off a lot of offensive firepower on Sunday during its 94-73 win over Minnesota in a Big Ten conference home game.

Although the Hawkeyes had zero points from Aaron White in the first half and only a single free throw from Roy Devyn Marble, Josh Ogelsby led a bench group that went 11 deep in the first half as Oglesby had 14 first-half points on the way to 17 for the game as Iowa had five players finish in double-figures for the contest.

It looked like Iowa was in serious trouble in the first half without White and Marble producing as Minnesota used a 13-1 run to take a 43-33 lead with just over a minute left in the first half. But a Mike Gesell finish in traffic and two Oglesby threes led to a quick 8-0 Iowa run as the Hawkeyes only trailed 43-41 at the half and had all of the second-half momentum.

White (18 points, on 4-for-5 field goals and 10-for-11 free throws) and Marble (16 points) both came alive in the second half for Iowa and the Hawkeyes blew past the Gophers with a persistent and consistent offensive attack that included solid overall efforts from point guard Mike Gesell (11 points) and backup center Gabriel Olasani (12 points).

After allowing Andre Hollins to score 18 points in the first half, Iowa’s defense did a great job of face-guarding the junior guard and allowing him only two more points in the second half.

The Hawkeyes just have a lot of weapons on offense and, because they have so many shooters, they can space the floor and have a lot of different players that can make plays.

Iowa is 4-1 in the Big Ten and they’ve had two consecutive games with five players scoring in double figures. The Hawkeyes have a legitimate shot at the Big Ten title if they continue to utilize so many weapons on offense because Iowa is very balanced on and doesn’t have to rely on any one guy to carry them every night.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

Wayne Selden Jr., Jeff Roberson
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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.